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Ball State vs Bowling Green Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 31st Betting Odds
Cardinals vs Falcons Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Ball State Cardinals at Bowling Green Falcons
- Where: Bowling Green at Stroh Center
- Date: Tuesday, January 31st
- Betting Odds: Ball State -1.5, BALLST -125 | BOWLGR +104 O/U 151.5
The Ball State Cardinals head into today’s game in what will be their 22nd game of the season, posting a record of 14-7. On the road, the Cardinals will be playing their 11th game of the season, having gone 6-5. So far, the Cardinals have been favored 11 times, going 10-1 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Ball State as -1.5 point favorites.
Ball State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jarron Coleman who is averaging 15.05 points per game for the Cardinals. Coleman is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Cardinals’ offensive game plan is the play of Jaylin Sellers who has hit 48.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.05 points per game.
On offense, Ball State comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 275th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Cardinals’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.3 points per game. So far, 42.19% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 35.7%.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Ball State, the Bowling Green Falcons will be taking the floor for the 22nd time this season and have an overall record of 10-11. So far this season, Bowling Green has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-4. For the season, Bowling Green has been the underdog in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 3-8. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Falcons being +1.5 point underdogs.
Bowling Green’s leading scorer this season is Leon Ayers III, who is averaging 18.76 points per contest. So far, III has accounted for 21.54% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.33 rebounds per game and 3.33 assists. Samari Curtis is the second leading scorer for the Falcons, averaging 12.14 points per game. Between him and Curtis, they are accounting for 35.5% of the team’s scoring.
Bowling Green comes into today’s matchup vs Ball State, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 80.3 points per game. Through 21 games, they have hit 43.5% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Falcons have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 226th in possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Ball State Cardinals -1.5
Heading into this matchup, with the Ball State Cardinals sitting as -1.5 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Ball State and Bowling Green are averaging 9.0 and 8.23 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Ball State has historically performed well against the spread on the road, going 7-3 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Cardinals to cover at -1.5.